Thursday, April 2, 2015

Typhoon Maysak - Now headed for Urdaneta Mission Area

Typhoon Maysak didn't hit Guam, but on Sunday, March 29th, it went directly over the Island of Chuuk where we have over 20 missionaries. It descended upon Chuuk as a Category 1 Typhoon, with around 80 mph winds. All missionaries were safe and received no harm.

Satellite view of Typhoon Maysak 

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Guam are sending supplies to help the people of Chuuk and Yap. Guam missionaries helped with the humanitarian efforts.

Elder Fabiano packaging up some chain saws

Elder Murdoch helping pack the tarps

Elder Kata (from Chuuk) and Elder Matalolo packaging more needed supplies

 Several Guam Service Center associates worked together to get the shipment ready for the planes leaving soon to Chuuk and Yap islands.

Elder Martin taking a quick break from the mission office

Elder Leeworthy helping out
Typhoon Maysak now headed toward the Philippines
Many buildings and roofs on Chuuk are not made to withstand Typhoon force winds. Many were destroyed. Elder Bloxham, who was living in the Mechitiw area, came to Guam and shared some pictures with me.

After the typhoon hit, the eye of the storm passed over, giving time to assess some of the damage before the next round. Elder Bloxham noticed a tree had fallen down, blocking the entrance to the church and the missionary apartment.

Other nearby damage.

About 40 people watched the storm from inside the church.

Then the winds and the rain really got stronger.

As the winds started to slow down, they noticed a tree had fallen on the mission truck.


Elder Heim and Elder Bloxham's church owned house. They walked to some of their neighbors.

Our thoughts and prayers are with all who may be in harms way of these storms. Including Elder and Sister Roberts (my sister), who are serving in the Urdaneta Philippines Mission.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for sharing!! So sad to see such destruction. We pray for recovery for those people that have been affected, but it's also so heart-warming to see these Elders being placed where and when they are:)